Several people questioned my desire to have my children present on this trip and even spending hours in the hospital room with Grandpa. In my opinion, there was nowhere more important for them to be this week. This is REAL life. There are real hardships in life. We must all learn to deal with them. How much better to learn to deal with them when you have the loving support of family around you to help guide you through such challenges. This is one of the primary reasons I homeschool. My children are learning REAL life lessons which they will carry into adulthood. I hope that these lessons will ease some of the difficulties that they will go through someday.
|Grandma Sue, Grandpa and Anne|
One morning, Dean and Dad went on an adventure to the science museum with their cousins. They had a fun two hours out exploring fossilized poop, seeing gems, and looking at mummies. I took Anne to see her only girl "cousin" (she isn't a real cousin but extended family) and they had a fun time painting nails and playing with dolls.
We also made it to the Lego store and the American Girl Doll store one night. I wanted to get Anne's doll Kirsten that she got off of Ebay fixed up. Her hair was a mess. The doll hairstylist did a great job. They used all kinds of tools to deal with the doll's dry frizzy hair. Anne had a marvelous time wandering around the store and setting her dolls up for a photo shoot in all of the displays.
We saw the cherry blossom display around the Tidal Basin and drove around the nation's capital while we were going to and from the hospital. My stepmother was also with us. Because we have relatives in the area, this is my kids' seventh or eighth trip to Washington, D.C. Nonetheless, I think this was their first time seeing the cherry blossoms in bloom. We didn't get out of the car because the traffic and parking was too intense. However, we saw many blooming trees through the car windows.